STORM DEBRIS: Communities Plan Pick-Up

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The severe thunderstorm that blew through central Iowa on Thursday brought a lot of trees down. Now residents are stuck cleaning up after Mother Nature.

Several metro communities have come up with plans for storm debris removal. See them below:

Ankeny: Sept. 23-26. Haul downed tree branches to the area between the street curb and sidewalk in front of their home. Branches must be between one inch and eight inches in diameter. Other debris is the responsibility of the homeowner.

Clive: A special brush removal team will be picking up the tree debris on Sept. 24. All debris must be ready to be picked up by 7 a.m. as crews will only be making one pass through the city. Brush must be at the curb in the ROW, branches must be less than six-inches in diameter and branches should be arranged at the curb with the butt ends facing the same direction.

Des Moines: Cut branches in four-foot lengths in bundles, not to exceed 1.5 feet in diameter. Compost It stickers are required. Debris will be picked up on regular garbage day. Tree debris can also be hauled to the Compost Center at 1601 Harriett Street in Des Moines on Sept. 21st and October 5th. Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Branches must be smaller than 24 inches in diameter with a 10-foot maximum length.

Polk County: Polk County Public Works will be picking up debris placed along the curb or road ditch in residential areas of unincorporated Polk County. Debris should be placed on the road foreslope or curb no later than 5:00 p.m.Tuesday, September 24th. Crews will make only one pass in the residential areas. Only tree debris related to the storm will be picked up.

Urbandale: Stack storm debris between curb and the sidewalk, parallel to the street.  Debris must be cut in lengths shorter than 10-feet; small amounts should be bundled or put in Compost It bags. Storm debris collection will start Sept. 23. Only storm debris will be picked up.

West Des Moines: Residents must call Public Works at 222-3480 by September 24th at 4:00 p.m. to schedule a pick up. Branches must be eight inches or smaller in diameter and not exceed eight feet in length. Small branches and other tree debris need to be bagged and they’ll be picked up through the Compost It program, but not on the same day of the scheduled pickup.


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